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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

A Must When in Northern Maine

It’s probably time for me to rewrite my post from a couple of years ago My Favorite Gardens Around the World because I keep finding new and amazing gardens! So many gardens, so little time. On my recent visit to the State of Maine, and on the recommendation of my friends, we made a rainy visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. I am so glad we did.

Even on a rainy day its worth a visit

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are open from May through October. The summer months can be really busy so plan ahead and order your tickets online. Even in the rain in September there was a lot of beautiful blooms, greenery and water features to enjoy.

The Trolls

We went specifically to see the amazing Trolls by Danish artist Thomas Danbo. Danbo makes these beautiful works of art from recycled wood. Danbo’s works can be seen at other locations around the world. Learn more here.

Artist Thomas Danbo’s creations

Perhaps Danbo will be bringing Troll’s to a neighborhood near you.

A joyful thing to see

Plan Your Visit

Depending on when you visit The Coastal Maine Botanical Garden you can check and see what’s in bloom. The gardens are designed for year around interest and also include many special events and exhibits as well as permanent sculptures.

Color in every season

A small cafe is available in the gardens, but be sure to bring water, a sun hat and good walking shoes. Check the calendar of events before you go.

Very family and kid friendly

Located in the small town of Boothbay Maine, the gardens are about a three hour drive from Boston.

Where is it?

I highly recommend a visit to the beautiful Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

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  • Reply Heather Markel

    Those carvings are amazing! Do you know how long it took to make each one, or how the heck he did that? Wow!

    November 5, 2022 at 8:58 am
    • Reply Laureen

      There was some interpretive signage at each one. He uses only recycled materials. I don’t know how long it takes but he has them all around the world. So amazing and fun.

      November 5, 2022 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Linda (LD Holland)

    I would normally not head to a botanical garden in the rain. So good to know that you found another great garden on your visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden. We would definitely visit to see the trolls. And check online to see what is in bloom before a visit.

    November 5, 2022 at 10:20 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Of course we would have preferred sun, but it still was worth it. 🙂

      November 5, 2022 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Mostert

    I never thought I would say this about a troll, but they are exquisitely beautiful. Now I must somehow get to Maine to see them for myself.

    November 6, 2022 at 1:43 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Yes! But they are also other places around the world too.

      November 7, 2022 at 5:15 am
  • Reply Chirasree Banerjee

    Those Trolls are amazing! Did you enjoy a cup of coffee exploring the garden?

    November 6, 2022 at 8:37 am
    • Reply Laureen

      We did have coffee! LOL. On a cold and rainy day!

      November 7, 2022 at 5:16 am
  • Reply Sue

    I love having a wander around botanical gardens too but this looks particularly worth a visit for those amazing trolls! Love them, hope they do make it somewhere near me soon!

    November 7, 2022 at 4:55 am
  • Reply Teja

    The trolls are so whimsical! I love it! Definitely see why this garden made it to your favourites.

    November 9, 2022 at 7:29 am
  • Reply Renee

    You have now piqued my interest. To know that there are other places in the world where you can find public art by Thomas Danbo makes me want to seek those out too! I agree, these are beautiful works of art from recycled wood.

    November 10, 2022 at 9:52 am
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